“I've benefited greatly from the Masters and all the information I learned and it's definitely improved me as a lawyer.”
I'm Nick Bateman and I'm a family lawyer practising with Lander and Rogers in Sydney.
I decided to do the Masters program to up-skill in the area of family law. At the time I had two years post-admission experience. I did a bit of research on masters programs and I found The College of Law was the most specific in terms of specialising in family law and as I was practising family law at the time I thought it suited me best.
I learned a lot of practical skills, so in terms of drafting affidavits, letters, advices to court appearances, practical events like mediations, negotiating with the other party are all things that you don't learn in university, but the masters course provides. Because it's practical, it's not simply textbook learning. It's you feel like you're actually involved in the mediation or involved in the client conference and those skills transfer to your daily practice. At the end of it I learned a huge amount of information about quite complex issues including trusts issues relating to companies, taxation implications which I don't think I would have learned had I not done the course. I've benefited greatly from the Masters and all the information I learned and it's definitely improved me as a lawyer.